An English teacher today asked me to create a list of songs that represent American culture. We’ll create lyric sheets in English and Japanese for the senior high school students. Here’s the list I came up with. What do you think?
1) Born in the USA, Springsteen
2) Respect, Aretha Franklin
3) Dream On, Aerosmith
4) Lean on Me, Bill Withers
5) 9 to 5, Dolly Parton
There’s so much I wanted to put on there! Michael Jackson and Elvis are probably the two most egregious lacks, but I also wanted James Brown, Madonna, the Beach Boys, etc etc etc. It took me like an hour and a half to come up with this list.